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Coordinates: 42°41′26″N 21°07′25″E / 42.69056°N 21.12361°E / 42.69056; 21.12361
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Gazimestan monument
42°41′26″N 21°7′25″E / 42.69056°N 21.12361°E / 42.69056; 21.12361
Location5 km (3.1 mi) from Pristina, Kosovo
DesignerAleksandar Deroko
Typememorial, tower
Height25 m (82 ft)
Completion date1953
Dedicated tofallen Serbian soldiers at the Battle of Kosovo (1389)

Gazimestan (Serbian Cyrillic: Газиместан, Serbian pronunciation: [ɡaziměstaːn], Albanian: Gazimestani) is the name of a memorial site and monument commemorating the Battle of Kosovo (1389), situated about 6-7 kilometres southeast of the actual battlefield, known as the Kosovo field. The name is a portmanteau derived from Arabic word “ghazi”, meaning “muslim warrior” and Persian word “stan” meaning "place of". Gazimestan is reached from the PristinaMitrovica highway, on a 50-metre hill above the plain, ca. 5 km north-west from Pristina. Every year, on Vidovdan (St. Vitus Day), 28 June, a commemoration is held by the monument, which in later years is also covered by an image of Prince Lazar, who led an army comprised by Serbian people.


In 1989, on the 600th anniversary, Serbian president Slobodan Milošević held the famous controversial speech Gazimestan speech that can be considered as the starting point for disintegration of Yugoslavia.

In 1997 the site was declared a cultural heritage of Serbia.[1]


The Gazimestan monument was designed by Aleksandar Deroko, in the shape of a medieval tower, and built in 1953 under the authority of FPR Yugoslavia, 556 years after the Battle of Kosovo.[fact or opinion?]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Gazimestan". Spomenici. Republic of Serbia. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2017-04-25.


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